Upper School Admissions

Ready to take the next step? Let us assist you throughout the application process.

During the COVID-19 global pandemic, our Admissions Office remains open and ready to help you choose the right school to continue your education in grades 9-12. Contact us to learn more about virtual campus events, get connected with a current Thornton Academy student, or ask questions about the application process. We are also making adjustments to our admissions process - let us know if your school is closed and you're having a tough time getting your supplementary documents. We are available on Zoom, GoogleMeets, Skype, What's App and more for online interviews and info sessions. 

Thornton Academy accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the year, though we encourage students to apply early. The application process is simple, and our team is here with you every step of the way. 

Step-by-step admissions process

Financial Aid

Thornton Academy offers need-based financial aid to qualifying families who complete an aid application through FACTS. Please understand that it is not always possible to provide an award that fully matches the demonstrated need of every family. To be considered for financial aid, please submit the completed FACTS aid application, along with the required supplemental documents, as a part of your Admissions process. 

Questions about financial aid? Call the admissions office at 207-282-5383 or email admissions@thorntonacademy.org.

The Thornton Academy Advantage in grades 6-12

  • Individualized approach to learning beginning in the middle school years

  • More opportunities for learning and growth, with over 200 courses at the upper school
  • Diversity and multiculturalism is celebrated on campus
  • Students are supported and encouraged by a wide network of teachers, counselors, staff, and peers
  • Endless opportunities to discover who you aspire to be
  • State of the art facilities to inspire students to dream big

The Admissions staff is pleased to assist students and families throughout the application process. If you'd like to talk with us before you apply, email admissions@thorntonacademy.org or call us at 207-282-5383.

If you live in Saco, Dayton, or Arundel, contact the Registrar's Office at 207-391-6304 or alison.bedard@thorntonacademy.org to enroll. Residents of Saco, Dayton, and Arundel attend Thornton Academy at no cost to the family. 

School Choice

Students who live in towns in Maine that have school choice are eligible to attend Thornton Academy. Please contact our Admissions Office at 207-282-5383 or admissions@thorntonacademy.org to learn more. 

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I have had more opportunities than I could have dreamed of at Thornton Academy. Any student would be lucky to attend Thornton Academy and I hope to one day give back to the school that always supported me. I would not be nearly as prepared for my next steps without all of the support. 

elizabeth roy '18

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